Furlough, Fraud and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Release date: 22/6/2020

Description

The Government-implemented Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) supports companies in their attempts to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, permitting them to place employees on a temporary leave of absence known as ‘furlough’, and claim state aid to pay furloughed staff either 80% of their usual wages or up to £2,500 per month, whichever amount is lower. Whilst furloughed, employees are not permitted to conduct work for their employer. In this blog post, Pete Duncan and Professor Nicholas Lord discuss how dishonest CJRS claims might be made and how the Government can improve and make best use of the limited data they have to better protect public funds from fraudulent manipulation.

Media contributions

TitleFurlough, Fraud and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Media name/outletPolicy@Manchester
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date22/06/20
DescriptionThe Government-implemented Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) supports companies in their attempts to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, permitting them to place employees on a temporary leave of absence known as ‘furlough’, and claim state aid to pay furloughed staff either 80% of their usual wages or up to £2,500 per month, whichever amount is lower. Whilst furloughed, employees are not permitted to conduct work for their employer. In this blog post, Pete Duncan and Professor Nicholas Lord discuss how dishonest CJRS claims might be made and how the Government can improve and make best use of the limited data they have to better protect public funds from fraudulent manipulation.
URLblog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/posts/2020/06/furlough-fraud-and-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme/
PersonsPeter Duncan, Nicholas Lord